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Formby couple's first virtual event raised £10,000 for Rainbow Hub

Formby couple's first virtual event raised £10,000 for Rainbow Hub

by Danielle Thompson (October 2020)

A COUPLE have raised £10,000 with a special quiz night for the Rainbow Hub!

Lisa and Paul Maddison, normally hold a spectacular annual ball for the Mawdesley charity, which supports children and young people with physical and neurological disabilities – and is where their daughter, Katie, 14 has attended conductive education for the past 13 years.

But they were not going to be beaten when it could not go ahead this year due to the pandemic and came up with a fantastic idea for a virtual event. Their ‘Drop the ball’ quiz night was sponsored by Luke Martin, MD of TSF Group and involved families taking part through a Zoom event with two marathon question rounds including general knowledge and music. The winner of the quiz was Dr Peter Williams from Formby and the Best Dressed Team was won by Lindsey, Peter, Charlie and Henry Knowles also from Formby. They all won hampers of drinks and chocolate.

An auction added to the evening with prizes including football boots signed by Adam Lallana; a monthly floral arrangement for a year from Flowerstyle by Laurie; Prosecco hamper; two professional wine tasting and food evenings for four (when restrictions lift); football and photo signed by Leighton Baines; single malt whisky; Prosecco, white wine and chocolate hamper; together with four prizes donated by HSBC; two tickets for Chester Zoo; family ticket for Farmer Ted’s; wine and chocolates hamper and a diamond earrings, pendant and ring set.

Lisa Maddison said: “We want to thank everyone who joined us online and took part and special thanks to Luke Martin of TSF Group and Annette Mullan of HSBC nd everyone who donated auction prizes for their support. We were disappointed that we could not hold our annual ball but we had a great evening and a fabulous result for Rainbow Hub.”

Lyndsay Fahey, interim chief executive at Rainbow Hub, said: “We are over the moon at receiving such a fantastic amount and send a massive thank you to Lisa and Paul for hosting the event;

TFS Group and HSBC for their support and to everyone who took part. It was a really enjoyable evening with plenty of fun and laughter.

“Lisa was so disappointed at not being able to host her annual ball this year but quickly came up with this idea to raise much needed funds. With all of our events having to be cancelled we are facing challenging times so this makes such a difference to our ability to continue to provide the services which change the lives of the children and families we support.”

To find out more about Rainbow Hub or support them, go to www.rainbowhub.org

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